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There are many acclaimed tales of how Sandy got its name. Whether it was named by Brigham Young for the sandy soil or after the splashy Scottishengineer, Alexander “Sandy” Kinghorn, who ran the first train lines out to the area, is certainly a mystery. But one thing is for sure: the stunning view of the Wasatch Mountains has been enjoyed by nomadic bands of Indians, miners, Mormon settlers, and today’s vast community alike. The first settlers moved in during the 1860s and 1870s, and today Sandy City is home to over 90,000 residents.

Sandy, Utah offers 1200 hotel rooms and 180 restaurants with an average travel time of 20 minutes to 2 of the top 4 ski resorts (Snowbird & Alta) as voted in Forbes’ Magazine TOP 10 Ski Resorts in North America (2016).

You will have access to nearly 7,000 acres of ski terrain when you STAY & PLAY in Sandy, Utah! Nowhere else in the world is there better proximity to such a variety of mountain sports and outdoor recreation, as well as metropolitan conveniences and amenities—just ask a local!

Plan your trip and purchase the Ski City Super Passes– discounted lift tickets to all four major ski resorts in the Wasatch Mountains. Check out the details and buy them here.


As they say, when you play hard, you should eat hard. Actually, no one says that, but you get the point. So eat, drink, and be merry! Sandy is dotted with pockets of dining hubs as well as exquisite eating establishments along the byways and nooks and crannies of the city. 

Order the finest handcrafted cheesecake you’ve ever had at Tin Roof Grill, enjoy a variety of specialty entrees coupled with a finale of homemade sorbet at Tiburon Fine Dining, OR head to Honeysuckle Coffee Companyto grab a quick coffee before or after your outdoor adventure. 

If you’re looking for a great sit-down restaurant, try out Hoof & Vine before your date to Hale Centre Theatre or give Silverfork Lodge a try after your ski day or scenic trail run.


The Shops at South Town has undergone a beautiful makeover that has incorporated a new contemporary design. The stores inside are no different – offering hassle-free shopping with some of the best names retail has to offer. Enjoy their outdoor patio as a place to rest your feet after a day well spent inside the stores.


Hey, soccer fans! The Rio Tinto Stadium hosts Real Salt Lake – Utah’s premier professional soccer team. Fan of the arts? Hale Centre Theatrehas you covered. With their world-class performances and their one-of-a-kind stage, they are sure to impress you. 

Do you fancy the outdoors? We sure hope so, because this area is known for it. Did you know Sandy’s backyard hosts some of the best terrain in the world for skiing, trail running, and cycling? Sandy is home to two world-class ski resorts – Alta Ski Resortand Snowbird. Plan your trip and purchase the Ski City Super Passes– discounted lift tickets to all four major ski resorts in the Wasatch Mountains. Check out the details and buy them here.


Visiting skiers love to settle in Sandy City for the easy access to amazing powder skiing. It's close to the mountains and offers endless conveniences. Among these are SnowbirdHyatt HouseMarriot Residence InnAlta Ski Resort, and Best Western Cottontree.

You can also check out the classic charm of a bed and breakfast at three locations in Sandy. The four-room Alta Hills Farm has all the amenities plus plenty of charm, thanks in part to the 42-stall horse barn on the grounds. The Hansen House is a Victorian mansion on the National Register of Historic Places; after a restful night sleep in one of the six rooms, you’ll love a delicious breakfast in the formal dining room. The Sandy Castle Creek Inn offers jetted tubs and cozy fireplaces in every room, not to mention classy castle-themed decor and a multi-course breakfast.


Here during the summer? The annual Sandy Balloon Festival is a two-day extravaganza of hot air balloon fun for the whole family. Get there early for the sunrise launch or head over in the evening for a nighttime balloon glow party with food and entertainment.